Awards, Funding, and Education Opportunities

5 07 2011

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Commonwealth Foundation’s Special Grants Fund
The Commonwealth Foundation has announced the launch of a Special Grants Fund for Civil Society Organisations and Commonwealth Associations (CAs) to undertake strategic and innovative projects that will promote the 2011 Commonwealth theme on ‘Women as Agents of Change.’ The deadline is 15 July 2011.

The European Union and Human Rights: E-Learning course
The course is intended for university students, NGO staff members of human rights/social justice organisations from EU member states, accession countries and donor recipient countries, and others who deal with the EU’s human rights policies or external relations.

Gates Foundation: Access to learning award
Given each year by the foundation’s Global Libraries initiative, the Access to Learning Award (ATLA) recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries or similar organizations outside the United States to connect people to information through free access to computers and the Internet. Deadline: 30 September 2011


Awards, Funding and Education Opportunities

1 06 2011

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2012 Rotary Peace Fellowship
The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the world-competitive Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. Application deadline: 1 July

Grants to civil society organizations for human rights education activities
OHCHR and UNDP have jointly announced the launch of seventh phase (2011-2012) of the Assisting Communities Together (ACT) Project grant opportunity aimed at promoting the human rights education, training and public information activities conceived and carried out by civil society organizations in 14 countries and territories. Deadline: mid-June 2011

E-learning course Use of ICTs and Social Media for Human Rights Work
This e-learning course is intended for staff members of human rights and social justice NGOs and inter-governmental organisations who are responsible for information and communication (i.e. information officers, web editors, communication specialists) within their organisation. Dates: 15 June – 30 August 2011

Awards, Funding and Education Opportunities, April 2011

6 05 2011

To find more funding opportunities, search our database Sources of Funding in International Democratic Development:

Bayeux-Calvados Awards for War Correspondents
War correspondents and photographers from all over the world are invited to apply for the Bayeux-Calvados Awards. The prize carries five cash awards of 7,000 Euros (US$10,100) each in the categories of television, radio, print, photography, and new this year: web journalism. Deadline: 6 June 2011.

Documentary Photography Audience Engagement Grant
The Audience Engagement Grant supports photographers to take an existing body of work on a social justice or human rights issue and devise an innovative way of using that work as a catalyst for social change. Deadline: 23 May 2011.

Knight International Journalism Fellowships Program
The year-long program sends international media professionals to countries where there are opportunities to promote reliable, insightful journalism that holds officials accountable.Deadline: 6 May 2011

Awards, Funding and Education Opportunities

7 04 2011

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The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation invites nominations for the Humanitarian Prize, which is awarded annually to an organisation making extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering. The competition carries a cash prize of US$1.5 million. Deadline: 29 April 2011.

ICNL Research Fellowship
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), with the generous funding support of the SIDA, is pleased to announce the availability of 4 research fellowships. The fellowships will provide the opportunity to travel to ICNLs offices in Washington, DC, or Budapest, Hungary, for three to four weeks to conduct research on the legal framework for civil society. Deadline: 31 March 2011

John Humphrey Award
Rights & Democracy invites nominations for the 2011 John Humphrey Award for outstanding achievement in the promotion of democratic development and respect for human rights, by an organization or individual. The Award consists of a $30,000 grant and a speaking tour of Canadian cities to increase public awareness of the laureate’s work. Deadline: 30 April 2011

Google Grants

1 03 2006

This sector of Google gives “free advertising to selected non-profits. To date, Google Grants has donated $33M in advertising to more than 850 non-profit organizations in 10 countries. Current Google Grants participants include the Grameen Foundation USA, Doctors Without Borders, Room to Read, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.” URL:

Google Foundation

1 03 2006

The folks at Google gets philanthropic. “ includes the work of the Google Foundation, some of Google’s own projects using Google talent, technology and other resources, as well as partnerships and contributions to for-profit and non-profit entities. While we continue to define the goals, priorities and approach for, we will focus on several areas including global poverty, energy and the environment.” Though they are not accepting funding requests at this time, it would be worth book marking and revisiting it at a later date. URL:

Charity Navigator

23 02 2006

This impressive resource is funded through private donations and foundations. Charity Navigator “works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America’s largest charities.” The site rates various US-based and provides key information, such as the charity’s income statements, expenses and CEO salaries, etc. The site also provides a number of useful tips and articles, such as how to protect against fraudulent “charities”. Users can create a personalized portal where they can customize articles, information and searches. URL: